Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Making a Mango Whistle, by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, reviewed by Dyal Talreja
Making A Mango Whistle is an easy to read parody but an excellent panorama of rural Bengali countryside.
Set amidst, mostly jungle locales and villages with fruit orchards, agriculture fields and ponds teeming with fish, the reader experiences the thrill of village life with its fragrance in all the four seasons.
Most of the charactors including God men, despite their predicament live with adversity and humiliation in a contented way sans qualms.The varied festivals and functions are celebrated with gusto and the age old customs adhered to zealously.
But despite the pseudo contentment, life and earnings in the adjacent cities do beckon the villagers to try their luck by starting anew.
The rest is exhaustive and enjoyable reading.
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